PLANTING & CARE
1) Dig a hole deep enough to allow the dormant bulb to be covered with 6" of soil.
2) Place bulb in hole and cover with soil, firming soil with fingers.
3) Firm the soil around the crown.
4) Water well. If natural rainfall is less than 1" per week, additional watering is recommended.
Apply plant food at a rate of 5 lbs per 100 sq. ft. of garden. It is also for use on seeded plantings. After the seeds have emerged, broadcast our general purpose over the desired area at above rate and incorporate into the soil.
You can even start your winter mulch upon transplanting. As a mulched bed retains moisture and also helps keep down the weeds. A 2-4" layer of shredded bark or compost is ideal for this and will also maintain soil temperatures.
Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots as soon as you see them. Mulch also assists in keeping weeds down.
Remove spent flower stalks as needed. This allows the bulbs to get more nourishment for increased growth and vigor for future years. After flowering allow the foliage to turn brown and die back to the ground. Do not remove while still green.
Add 1 tablespoon to soil in hole and mix thoroughly before planting the transplant. Scratch fertilizer at above rate into surface once they start flowering/fruiting. For existing garden, broadcast around existing plants and incorporate into soil at the above rate. Apply at the beginning of growing season and again when plants start to bear vegetables.
These bulbs are hardy in the zones listed and should be left in the ground. If grown in a container move indoors to an unheated garage and water sparingly over the winter.